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May 29, 2013 

Homeschool Year-round - Pros and Cons


Gena Suarez
Publisher of TOS


Sometimes homeschooling slips into summer because life got in the way of hitting the books. Other times, it's a deliberate decision to keep those kids from forgetting key information or keeping the momentum with newly learned skills. The most important thing when considering your homeschool calendar is to pray about it and get your husband's advice. Here's some more advice about keeping your eyes on Jesus and letting Him direct everything you do . . .


Hey Mama, just wanted to pop in and help you put your eyes on Jesus. He is still on the throne. While the world has gone mad, He is the same, unmovable, unshakable. He is our great and holy God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

We get so caught up in the details of our current problems, but God has already worked out EVERY last detail. Do you think your problems surprise Him? If we've already given the problem over to Him, it's in His hands,
 so why do we keep going back and snatching it back out? By fussing over our issues, do they go away? By allowing ourselves to become completely engulfed in the trials of our lives, not even able to breathe, do we glorify God?

The problems are there. That's right. The trial continues. Yes it does. But say this today with me: Lord, I don't know what to do, but my eyes are on YOU.

Glorify Him today, Mama. Set your eyes on Christ, your Redeemer. He lives. He is not asleep; He misses nothing. He sees it all, and He will un-weave this web. I promise you; He will fix it. Rise up and go about your day, knowing that if you are in Him, you will not be shaken.

I have set the Lord continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8 (NASB)

Mama, embrace this day, love on your children, respect and cling to your hubby, obey the Lord in all things, and just . . . walk. He promises to do the rest. Set your eyes continually on Him. You will not be shaken.




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Todd Wilson
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These are my thoughts on homeschooling year-round: I don't like it.


It's not that I have any stats regarding the negative impact on kids or some documented evidence about children whose lives have been ruined by doing school year-round, I just don't like it. 


I have too many great memories of goofing off all summer (including all the chores my dad gave me). To me, summer vacation seems like an inalienable right of "kiddom."


I know some folks who live in really hot climates where it's too hot to play outside in the summer do it year-round, and I suppose that makes sense . . . I guess . . .


But the thing is, you need a break, Mom, and I believe your children do too. They need to experience you as just their mother, not their teacher and you need to experience them as just your children, not your students. 


All that to say, do what you need to do. God made you smart enough to figure out what's best for your family (but make sure you listen to your husband's advice). 


If you think you need to homeschool year-round then do it  

. . . I just don't like it. 


Be real,



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Diana Waring
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Relational Homeschooling 


As I sit overlooking the Florida beach on Memorial Day, I can see families playing, laughing, swimming, body boarding, playing tag, and just enjoying the opportunity to relax. It is a holiday, after all!

And that brings to mind this week's topic. As moms tasked with educating our children, we can so easily fall into the trap that says "more is better!
"We think that if one grammar curriculum is good, two or three are that much better. If one music lesson a week produces growth, then two or three will speed the progress. And, if nine months of study demonstrates that our kids can learn, then twelve months a year will make them geniuses!!


Written out like that, it makes us uncomfortable, doesn't it?  Yet, when we look honestly at our motivation, it often comes down to the unpleasant truth that we want OUR kids to be better, stronger, smarter, and holier than anybody else's.


Well, here's the deal: we learn faster, better, and more deeply when we are refreshed--and when we enjoy the process. It's true!With that in mind, it makes sense to schedule in "school-less" breaks in the schedule, ones that are long enough and real enough to actually refresh minds, hearts, and bodies. 


Having said that, let me suggest that there are different ways to slice this cake. You can take the traditional three months of summer off, planning in lots of opportunities for laughter, fun and relaxation. Or, you could take one month off at December, one month off in April, and one month off in August. Or, you could do school six weeks on and two weeks off throughout the year. Or . . .


Here is the question to ask yourself: what will give us the BEST refreshing, re-energizing break?What will keep learning fresh and enjoyable for my kids and for me?


What will this type of scheduled break allow us to do to bring in merriment and fun? 


If I can add one more word of advice, invite your kids into the discussion. If they take ownership, for instance, of the one month off in every four, it will give them the ability to handle other people's queries about schooling in July . . . ESPECIALLY if they get to do something in April that non-homeschoolers can only dream about.


Whatever you do, take a luxuriously long break . . . and enjoy it!!


Remember, stay relational!





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52 Weeks of Family Spanish


Learning a foreign language is a goal of most homeschooling families. And there are many options to choose from; ranging from traditional worksheet/textbook curriculums, to verbal immersion programs. 52 Weeks of Family Spanish, by Eileen McAree, follows more of a verbal approach and is meant to be used with the whole family. The small weekly lessons are practical and built into daily family life. This simple approach makes teaching Spanish to young ones fun and easy.


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